Close to the California Mainland...Yet Worlds Apart

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was. Read More

Treasure in the Sea

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Seal ions on rock with waves. ©Tim Hauf,

World Oceans Day

Join us on June 7th to explore our ocean with kids activities and a live broadcast from Anacapa.

Ranger handing student a junior ranger badge.

Every Kid in a Park Field Trips

Bring your 4th grade Ventura County class on a FREE educational field trip to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.

Adult eagles in nest with chick.


View our bald eagle, ocean, Anacapa Island, and Mount Diablo webcams.

Park ranger SCUBA diving in kelp forest.

Channel Islands Live

Take a virtual visit to the Channel Islands through live broadcasts that highlight the park's natural and cultural resources.

Chinese Harbor, Santa Rosa Island © (Sand dunes next to ocean at sunset.)

Monthly Lecture Series

The "From Shore to Sea" lecture series focuses on current research in the park. Lectures occur throughout the year and are free.

Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island ©

Island Transportation

Transportation to the islands is available year-round only by park concessionaire boats and planes or by private boat.

Campground with lighhouse on Anacapa Island. ©Tim Hauf,


Camping is available year round on all five islands in Channel Islands National Park in National Park Service-managed campgrounds.

Visitors along coastline. ©Tim Hauf,


Many trails and roads traverse the islands, providing visitors with spectacular hiking opportunities.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001


(805) 658-5730

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